Former Casper firefighter who commissioned fire that damaged his home gets 4 years in prison


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CASPER, Wyoming — A former Casper firefighter who arranged for another man to torch his home and pickup truck for insurance money has been sentenced to almost four years in prison.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) 28-year-old Patrick Bennett pleaded guilty in August to mail fraud and was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $261,000 in restitution.

Bennett was among the firefighters who responded to a July 2012 fire at his home. He later collected more than $250,000 in insurance payments for the damage.

Prosecutors say Bennett had been experiencing financial problems because of debt on his house, truck and credit cards.

The man Bennett asked to set fire, 28-year-old Nicholas Counts, was sentenced in October to three years in prison.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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